The Shelby’s are back as the popular BBC show Peaky Blinders has begun filming its sixth and final season.
It comes as part of the last series was filmed at Middleport Pottery, in Stoke-on-Trent.
Writer and creator Stephen Knight has confirmed it will be the ‘best’ series before the story comes to a close – but it’s certainly not the last we’ve seen of the family.
Stephen said: “Peaky is back and with a bang. After the enforced production delay due to the Covid pandemic, we find the family in extreme jeopardy and the stakes have never been higher.
“We believe this will be the best series of all and are sure that our amazing fans will love it.
“While the TV series will be coming to an end, the story will continue in another form.”
Coronavirus led to delays to the filming of the sixth series, but a photograph of Cillian Murphy – who plays Tommy Shelby – wearing a face mask behind the scenes sent fans into a frenzy, The Mirror reports.
The Peaky Blinders production team have developed comprehensive production protocols to ensure that the series will be produced in a safe and responsible manner, and in accordance with government guidelines, during this time of global pandemic.
The last series saw Tommy Shelby entering the murky world of politics and become entangled with fascism and the schemes of Sir Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) – with some scenes being filmed at Middleport Pottery.
Additionally, the Scottish gang known as the Billy Boys attempted to take territory from the Shelby clan and also brutally dispatched their allies.
Meanwhile, Tommy himself is haunted by visions of his dead wife and contemplating a dark fate.
Season six is written by Knight and Anthony Byrne returns as a director – having directed series five.
Executive producer Caryn Mandabach said: “Along with our wonderful, supportive, partners at BBC and Netflix, we have been working diligently to ensure we can get Peaky safely back into production; the safety of our cast and crew is always our priority.
“Thank you to all the Peaky fans who have been so unwaveringly supportive and patient. Series six marks the end of an epic story that has entranced audiences since it first started in 2013, but the world of Peaky Blinders will most definitely live on.”
Tommy Bulfin, Executive Producer for the BBC, added: “We are very excited that filming for Peaky Blinders has begun and so grateful to everyone for all their hard work to make it happen.
“Steve’s scripts for series six are truly remarkable and provide a fitting send-off which we are sure will delight fans.”